Former OZZY OSBOURNE Drummer Comments On New BILLY IDOL Keyboardist, Unreleased BALL Album

July 28, 2002

Former OZZY OSBOURNE and current BILLY IDOL drummer Brian Tichy recently commented on the addition of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Derek Sherinian to IDOL's summer touring line-up. Said Tichy: "There's a new keyboardist in the mix... It's none other than...the keyboardist's keyboardist... the hardest working keyboardist in the music business... the keyboardist with the full page add in Keyboard magazine showing off his new keys for 3 months in a row!... a man all too friendly with Mother Nature... a man that should be hired as a solo analyst to Edward Van Halen if he ever needs to refresh his memory on his DLR-era solos... Mr. DEREK SHERINIAN!!!! When I found out that Billy needed a new keyboardist, I thought Derek was probably going to be too busy. (I think he's in 14 bands or so). But, upon mentioning it, he was ready to go. 2 days later, he came down and took over! And now that he's got the job and everybody digs him, I take full credit for getting him in the band!!!!!!! It was all me!!!!!! And from this point on, I take full credit for anything positive that happens in his career! So, come see the BILLY IDOL tour, if we get near your neck of the woods. Derek adds yet another element of excitement to the power that is BILLY IDOL!!!"

Meanwhile, Tichy's main project BALL are still shopping an already-completed new album to various labels.

"[The problem is that] we're too good looking," joked Tichy about the reasons for the band's failure to land a record deal. "That's the problem. So I'm starting a boy band. .... BALLBOY... We're gonna take all the distorted gtrs. out of the mix, and then we're gonna add nice airy harmonies on top of all the vocals. We might have to change some song titles though. 'Trapped Like A Rat' will become 'Trapped In Your Love'. 'Backslide' will become 'Loveslide'. 'Sweet Goodbyes' will become...(well I guess that can stay the same). And of course, 'Surfrider' will become 'Loverider'. Oh, and 'Bleed Defeat' will become 'And I Kiss Her Feet'. This is getting stupid....

"I'm writing a bunch of new stuff. If you order the new BALL CD, A Study In Persistence, it now comes with two new songs, 'Pool Of You' and 'Killing Time'. If you don't like these, then you probably don't own Physical Graffiti or Mob Rules. And that's a real problem. But what do I know, I dig SUPERTRAMP! BALL will continue listening to every excuse in the book while we continue to secure a deal. I mean, what else are we gonna do, break up? We haven't been dropped yet. We haven't done enough drugs. We haven't kicked anyone out of the band yet. We haven't even written a disco-type hit. We haven't changed direction, put on war-paint and called ourselves new 'character names'. None of our wives or girlfriends manage the band yet. Shit, we have plenty of bridges to cross. I haven't yet ordered an 18' chrome ball which drops center stage, trashing all around it. But when it comes, it's only 18" and it merely bounces off stage like an empty plastic Aquafina bottle! All these things to look forward to."

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